Ashis Nandy to request Supreme Court to quash FIRs registered against him

Ashis Nandy

Sociologist Ashis Nandy, who stoked a controversy at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) over his alleged anti-Dalit remarks, will request the Supreme Court on Thursday to quash all the FIRs registered against him.

"We are moving the Supreme Court for quashing of the FIR as well as laying down the guidelines in terms of something which constitutes an offence against SC/ST Act and something which is said in ''freedom of speech''," said Nandy''s lawyer Gaurav Kanth.

Kanth informed that there are four FIRs registered against Nandy.

"To our knowledge, I thing there are four of them which have been registered. We don''t have the copy of the FIRs, but we know one each is in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Nasik and Raipur and there is something in Patna too," he added.

The lawyer said that his main plea in the apex court is that there was no intent when Nandy had spoken these statements.

"My main plea is because there is no intent when he had spoken these statements and as far as the SC/ST Act is concerned, there is no question of any harm or anything which has been caused to any particular member of SC/ST caste or community. So, we are moving in terms of the fact that nothing really constitutes any criminal or penal action," he added.

To a poser on why the police had not yet questioned Nandy in connection with this case, Kanth said that Nandy was all ready for cooperation in this regard.

"I can''t really comment anything on that because I really don''t know why they are not coming and questioning him because we were ready for (it) and we are still ready to participate in the investigations. Whatever questions they have, we are ready to answer them," said Kanth.

"We were all ready yesterday also and we are ready today also, but we have not received any intimation from them as to when do they want to come and question him," he added.

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